SHARON, Pa.—A western Pennsylvania man has been charged with looting his grandmother's bank accounts of $185,000 which police say he used to pay country club dues, buy a BMW and pay off credit card debt.

The attorney for 29-year-old Bret Friedrich, of Sharon, did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

Online court records confirm a report by The Herald of Sharon, Pa. that Friedrich faces a Jan. 10 preliminary hearing on one count of theft.

The newspaper says the Mercer County Agency on Aging began investigating in May 2011 when officials there determined the Hermitage woman was unable to take care of herself and found her bills weren't being paid.

That led to an investigation by county detectives who determined the money was taken by her grandson who had power-of-attorney on her accounts.

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Information from: The Herald, http://www.sharon-herald.com